N. Korea Claims Successful Test-Firing of New SLBM

Politics

Seoul, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--North Korea's Academy of National Defense Science successfully test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday, state-run Korean Central News Agency said Thursday.

KCNA apparently referred to a projectile launched by the authoritarian country on Wednesday morning. The object, believed to be an SLBM, fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan.

The news agency said that the successful test-firing of the Pukguksong-3 missile was of great significance as it ushered in a new phase in containing outside forces' threat to the country and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defense.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent warm congratulations to the defense academy, KCNA said, although it did not mention whether he observed the test-firing on the ground.

The SLBM was launched on a lofted trajectory from Wonsan Bay in the eastern part of the country, KCNA said, adding that it had no adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries.

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